GEORGE BUCKETT

(British-American, born 1939)

VALENTINE'S CHOCOLATES

Watercolor, Gouache, Chalk and Colored Pencil on Paper

21 x 27 Inches

Signed Lower Right, "George Buckett" and Dated 1962

 

A charming and whimsical, mid-century portrait of an elegantly-permed, grey poodle contemplating the choices remaining in a box of chocolates while her mouse friend, perched on her bobbed tail, observes developments with interest.

 

Born in England, George Buckett first studied at the East Cowles Technical College after which he joined the British Merchant Navy and traveled the world, He worked at a variety of jobs before emigrating to the United States in 1957. Buckett began working in an advertising agency as an artist and also as a designer for several greeting card companies before embarking on his own career as a fine artist and animal portraitist.

 

In the 1960’s, Buckett began his collaboration with Irma Joyce, illustrating numerous of her writings for Golden Books, including the best-selling, “Never Talk to Strangers.” He also designed posters and a range of popular greeting cards. He exhibited with success, both internationally and within the United States, and his work was widely reproduced in graphic form, with originals now considered rare. Buckett was best known for his whimsical animal studies, which he rendered with imagination and humor and composed in bright, complementary colors. We are pleased to offer an unusually large, original work by the artist, painted when he was twenty-three years old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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